ADRA’s Dandenong Café is run by volunteers from the local Adventist Church and the community. We work in partnership with the council’s emergency relief network to provide timely food provisions for families and individuals in crisis. This service caters for food intolerances, cultural preferences, access difficulties and specific needs with some flexibility to suit all clients’ circumstances.
Locations and Times:
Mondays 6-7pm – Cafe
Wednesdays 6-7pm – Café
Address: 100 James Street, Dandenong Vic 3176
ADRA’s wellbeing to well-giving focus promotes a healthy lifestyle. We are the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church which has a strong focus on health. Our clients state that they enjoy an ADRA food parcel and/or meal as the food is fresh, caters for intolerances, is nutrient dense and resembles a home cooked meal.
The cafe received a call from a lady who didn’t speak English all that well, but saw the sign at the front of the church. She came to the cafe with her husband and three young children. She shared that they had migrated here from Pakistan in early March, but due to the Coronavirus have found it impossible to find work. While they receive some assistance from the government it’s not much. All the money they get goes to paying rent and utilities, left with barely anything for food.
The ADRA volunteers reassured her that they are there to help and here to love them. Her first response was “are you allowed to help Muslims?” When one of the volunteers Josh heard this, he was shocked – what had this family experienced? He said, “Of course, come one, come all. We are here to serve.” So the team gave them meals and food packages to take home to get them through the week. The volunteers arranged for the family to come around to the op-shop/donation area at the back. They left with their stomachs full and their bags packed, and their smiles said it all. They were beyond grateful for the support they had received.